Best Movies and Scenes Involving Auto Repair

So many movies deal with cars and auto repair, either as a central plotline or tangentially, so it’s hard to pick out the best. Here are five movies that shine a light on auto repair, either as a plot device, individual scene, or character relation.

Man’s Best Friend

This overlooked gem from 1993 tells the story of Lori, a television journalist who infiltrates a medical laboratory that experiments on animals to expose the horrors that dwell within. Once inside, she lets loose and adopts Max, a genetically modified Tibetan Mastiff. Among its new skills is the ability to climb trees using retractable claws, super intelligence; and acid urine that can dissolve metal.

In one crucial scene, her boyfriend Perry, whom Max doesn’t get along with, is driving and realizes that his breaks aren’t work. Narrowly avoiding disaster, he takes the car into an auto mechanic to have the problem examined. It is quickly revealed to be a cut brake line that gives off the appearance of being chewed through. It’s a small scene, but it helps to establish just how intelligent Max is, and thus revealing just how dangerous he really is.


This critically acclaimed thriller starring Ryan Gosling as an unnamed stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver that gets wrapped up in a mafia heist. Given his role as a stunt driver, much of the film is spent in the garage owned by the Driver’s friend Shannon, played by Bryan Cranston.

In one of the film’s final scenes, the likeable and limping Shannon is confronted by the mobster Bernie, played by Albert Brooks,who kills him because of his knowledge of the heist. The scene features two of the best living actors today, and is utterly gut-wrenching in its execution.


In Michael Bay’s explosion-laden and near non-sensical action film Transformers, high school student Sam Witwicky is thrust into a world filled with alien robots that really don’t like each other. Along the way he meets Mikaela Banes, a headstrong grease monkey classmate who grew up around cars. You see, in addition to being a mechanic, her father was also a car thief who was recently paroled.

Given that the good robots, the Autobots, are all cars, it’s only wise to make one of the main characters a mechanic, as it allows the character to be more than just a love interest. One of the government operatives from the elusive Sector 7 threatens her paroled father, making her involvement all the more poignant.

The Mechanic

It’s in the name of the movie, but The Mechanic, a 2011 remake of the 1972 film of the same name, has very little to do with auto repair and auto mechanics. In the film, Jason Statham stars as a “mechanic,” or hitman, who specializes in making the deaths look like accidents. It’s not entirely known why “mechanic” is being used as a euphemism for assassin, but you can’t deny the creativity associated with it.

Gone in 60 Seconds

Gone in 60 Seconds follows Memphis Raines, a retired car thief drawn back into the seedy underworld of auto jacking after his younger brother and accomplices fail to deliver a load of stolen cars to a British crime boss. In order to rescue his brother, he and his crew of car thieves and mechanics must steal fifty specific cars and deliver them inside of 72 hours, all while trying to avoid the LAPD.

Much of the film takes place in a garage owned by Otto, Raines’ former mentor, and much of the film is centered on auto repair and cars in general. From the dozens of amazing cars to the grease monkey lifestyle, the film is an ode to the automobile that can’t be missed, especially if you’re a car nut.
Posted on July 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM